2013 Boston Mayor’s Race Starts to Shape Up – 15 Candidates Remain

The large field of candidates for Boston Mayor has been reduce to only 15.

  • City Councilor Felix Arroyo declared for Mayor in the hopes of becoming the first person of color to win the Mayor’s seat.  Arroyo is the son of another Felix Arroyo who was the first Latino to serve on the Boston City Council. Arroyo announced his candidacy from SEIU Local 615 – the local union representing thousands of janitors. He has a good team: Doug Rubin’s Northwind Associates and Clare Kelly of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
  • John F. Barros recently resigned from the School Committee to run for Mayor.  Born in Roxbury and a current Dorchester resident, Barros has been the key leader of the Dudley Street Initiative. Endorsements include Representative Carlos Henriquez.
  • Charles Clemons, co-founder of TOUCH 106.1 FM, announced his mayoral campaign at his 50th birthday party in Roxbury.  He is a former police officer and a current community activist.
  • Daniel F. Conley, the Suffolk District Attorney, has announced his bid for mayor and is a former city councilor from Hyde Park who now lives in West Roxbury.
  • City Councilor John R. Connolly, 39, a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School, announced his bid for Mayor outside a Boston public school with parents to kick off his campaign. He announced before Menino stepped aside.  Endorsements include Representative Edward Coppinger.
  • City Councilor Rob Consalvo is thought to have the backing of the Menino machine.  He is a Hyde Park resident with 11 years experience on the city council. He also landed big-time consultant Tad Devine.  Endorsements include Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Representative Angelo Scaccia.
  • William J. Dorcena was born and raised in Dorchester and now lives in Hyde Park with his family.  He’s seeking to become the city’s first Haitian-American mayor.
  • John G. C. Laing Jr. is the owner and founder of Laing Enterprises Construction Company.  He is a graduate of Brandeis University and is a resident of Hyde Park.
  • David S. Portnoy runs the Barstool Sports website and is running a non-traditional, web-fueled campaign.
  • Charlotte Golar Richie is a former state representative and aide to Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick who now works at YouthBuild USA.  She is the only woman in the field. She has hired James McGee and Newgrange Consulting. Endorsements include Representative Michael Moran, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Charlestown activists Edward and Dennis Callahan
  • City Councilor Michael P. Ross has served 14 years on the City Council and two stints as City Council President.  He declared for Mayor via a BlackBerry on Twitter. He lives in Mission Hill.
  • Bill Walczak has spent 40 years of his life as a community leader, creating the Codman Square Health Center as an anchor for neighborhood transformation. He also founded the Codman Academy School, the first school in the nation located inside a health center. Bill opened his campaign asking for voters to suggest their #BostonNewIdeas for a better city. Watch his TED talk here.
  • State Rep. Martin J. Walsh was the first to announce for mayor of Boston – at the Strand Theatre in front of 1,000 supporters.  He became a leader of Laborers Local 223 and became president of the Building Trades Council.  Endorsements include Representatives Elizabeth Malia, Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, the Mass. Nurses Association.
  • David James Wyatt is a Roxbury resident who has previously ran for an at-large council seat and failed.
  • City Councilor Charles C. Yancey filed papers to run for both mayor and for reelection to his council seat.  He is the dean of the City Council – serving 30 years on the Council.

Click here to see the full 2013 Elections Calendar for the Boston Mayor’s race.

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